• http://www.planetc1.com/ chiropractic

    One more thing gets added to my local search to-do list. This is exactly why I stressed business owners hire SEOs rather than try and tackle all this stuff themselves. At the end of the day, someone has to wake up early to make the donuts.

  • Matt McGee

    On first glance, it’s very, very Yelp-like to me. There’s a similar find-your-friends-and-share-reviews-and-ratings-with-them on Yelp. And maybe on other sites, too.

    But the bigger thing that hits me is that this is a big attempt on Google’s part to get more original local signals in their system — more original ratings, reviews, etc., would mean less reliance on third party sites for those.

  • Ruth_OL

    A hotpot is a kind of traditional British stew, with Lancashire hotpot the classic version. What that’s got to do with local recommendations I have no idea, but presumably it makes sense to Google.

  • knit_hat

    “Once you’ve done set your profile, …”

    Once I dun go ahead and set up that there profile I can hop on that dang-ole bleep bloop thang and git all ding dang doodle with tha whack-a-doodle thing-a-ma- bob.

  • http://www.mindshareworld.com Ciarán Norris

    This may mark me out as shallow, but the thing that jumps out at me is how amazingly ugly it is.

    Was it designed in Paint?

    Seriously, when you look at the amazing stuff being done with Chrome/YouTube, this is a massive step-back to the sort of ugly design that lets down Orkut so badly.

  • Todd

    the idea of better, more relevant recommendations is great. as far as the food space, i wonder if they have looked at http://www.dishtip.com

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk/ KJ

    As Google places look for the most recent reviews available for a place, it seems logical for them to have as many of their own user generated reviews about local bars and restaurants etc.